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    DEP Accepting Applications for the 2016 Small Business Advantage Grants

    7/26/2016
    With more than 900,000 small businesses in this Commonwealth, a well-designed energy efficiency or pollution prevention project can help small businesses cut operating costs and complement the economy, while simultaneously protecting the environment.

    The grants provide funding to projects that include auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks, HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery systems and waste recycling systems.

    Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. The grant-supported project must be located in Pennsylvania. Eligible projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses.

    Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

    Last year, DEP awarded 151 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Pennsylvania businesses to support pollution prevention and energy efficient upgrades, spurring more than $2.9 million in private investment.

    The grant program is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, which is financed by the PA Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and Act 13 Impact Fee as well as the hazardous waste transportation and management fees, and hazardous sites cost recovery.

    Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted until fiscal year 2016-17 funds are exhausted or April 14, 2017, whichever occurs first.

    Applications are available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office Site. Applicants are advised to carefully review the guidance document, which has been updated and is also available on the DEP eLibrary.

    Applications must be mailed to DEP’s Grants Center, P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8776 or hand delivered to the center, 15th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg. Faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

    To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.
  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:34 +0000

    Demand for occupational therapists continues to grow in Pennsylvania

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    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    Occupational therapy helps children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, aids people recovering from injuries, surgeries or strokes and teaches older adults with chronic health problems how to become more independent.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:39 +0000

    Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital receives $40,000 from Pink Zone

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    LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Pink Zone recently presented a $40,000 check to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital as part of its effort to help with improving breast cancer awareness and treatments in the community.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:40 +0000

    Conemaugh Memorial hosts Addiction Crisis Summit

    Johnstown, PA - Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center hosted a free healthcare professional opportunity on the national addiction crisis and a free educational opportunity to the public focused on non- opioid options for pain management.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:41 +0000

    Medicare Advantage plan premiums will lower slightly next year

    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    On Oct. 1, UPMC Health Plan released its statewide Medicare Advantage plan rates for 2018. Members in most of UPMC’s six for Life Advantage plans will see their monthly premiums reduced by $2 to $14 next year. UPMC’s for Life HMO Rx Enhanced plan members will see an $8 increase to $263 per month.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:41 +0000

    Dismantling Obamacare piece by piece

    BY R. BROCK PRONKO
    Regional Business Analyst

    On October 12, President Trump signed an executive order intended to sidestep the Affordable Care Act by allowing individuals and small businesses to buy alternative health insurance across state lines that carry lower prices, less benefits and fewer government protections than Obamacare.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:54:51 +0000

    HOSPITALS

  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:02 +0000

    New downtown businesses, growing annual events bode well for the Juniata River Valley

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    BY SPENCER MYERS
    Editor

    Juniata and Mifflin counties have long held onto businesses and manufacturers that are proven steady economic drivers. Companies like Kish Bank, Philips Ultrasound, Nittany Paper and First Quality make up the economic foundation for the region. However, truth be told, your typical visitor won’t necessarily notice these companies. They’ll notice the new cafe or deli instead.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:02 +0000

    FOR THE RECORD

    NEW CORPORATIONS

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:05 +0000

    Windber Hospice receives horse show donation

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    WINDBER, PA - The Greater Johnstown Saddle Club and Golden Star Horse Farm presented a check in the amount of $15,000 to Windber Hospice from their 16th Annual Benefit Horse Show that was held on August 19 and 20 at the Greater Johnstown Saddle Club in Salix.

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  • Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:09 +0000

    City Hospitals Auxiliary contributes to UPMC Susquehanna’s Stop the Bleed campaign

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    WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Members of the City Hospitals Auxiliary at UPMC Susquehanna recently made a $25,000 contribution to UPMC Susquehanna’s Stop the Bleed campaign.

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  • Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:49:26 +0000

    Public paychecks: Here are Allegheny County's highest-paid employees

    Wonder who are the highest-paid employees in Allegheny County? The top 20 is made up of several department heads, lawyers and medical positions, along with public safety employees who make up the bulk of the top 100 as well.  Most of the top earners in the county work in public safety. In all, 85 of the top 100 are in public safety, either for county police, the county jail, sheriff's office, district attorney's office or the county airport authority. Seven work in health jobs, either in the Department…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:46:51 +0000

    Pitt tops list of best public universities in Northeast

    The University of Pittsburgh was deemed the best public university in the Northeast, according to a list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, which ranked Pitt at No. 56 overall for best universities after examining student outcomes, institutional resources, engagement and environment. Student outcomes, weighted 40 percent, included graduation rates, potential post-graduation salary, ability for students to repay loans and a school's academic reputation. Pitt's six-year graduation…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:44:15 +0000

    URA votes to give city, Penguins more time for agreement on former Civic Arena site

    Several weeks of negotiations went into Thursday night between the city and the Penguins but no deal was reached.
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:57:45 +0000

    Wells Fargo targeting small businesses in Pittsburgh

    Bank fills in missing piece to local offerings with Business Banking Group.
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:21:29 +0000

    Washington & Jefferson College inaugurates new president

    Washington & Jefferson College's new president was officially inaugurated Thursday. John C. Knapp, who was announced as president in April and began in August, was sworn in with a ceremony on the Washington, Pa., campus. Knapp, who previously served as president of Hope College in Michigan, was selected to succeed Tori Haring-Smith, who retired. He has a doctorate in theology and religious studies from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, a master of arts degree from the Columbia Theological…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000

    After Hours: CEC's Cocktail Party, Penn State's Hometown Hall of Famer, GBA's Emerald Evening and Allegheny County Bar Association's meeting

    This week, we have photos from CEC's after-hours cocktail party, Penn State's Hometown Hall of Famer, GBA's Emerald Evening and Allegheny County Bar Association's meeting at the JLL Center.
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:15:20 +0000

    Pittsburgh gains in nationwide analysis of local economies

    Provo, Utah, has a decidedly low profile, though it deserves to be better known. Provo is just the 92nd-biggest metropolitan area in America and only the third-largest in its own state (trailing Salt Lake City and Ogden). Yet it boasts the strongest economy in the nation, as determined by this year’s ACBJ Economic Index. Click on the View Slideshow button for a quick rundown of America’s 25 metropolitan powerhouses, based on new ratings issued by American City Business Journals. Provo holds…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:20:39 +0000

    Public paychecks: Here are the City of Pittsburgh's highest-paid employees

    Looking for Mayor Bill Peduto among the top 75 highest-paid City of Pittsburgh employees? He won’t crack that list. In fact, he misses the top 100 as well, with his salary of $108,575 meaning 104 city employees make more money than the city’s top executive.  (Search by name or click "search" to reveal the entire database) Most of the top earners in the city get there by working long hours and lots of overtime in public safety. Among the top 100 paid in 2016, 54 worked in the Police Department,…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:12:40 +0000

    Penguins' contest offers tickets to all next season's games

    The Pittsburgh Penguins and corporate partners are offering a season-long promotion with tickets to every home and away game next season as a part of its grand prize. The "Penguins Passport" will feature different ways to enter throughout the 2017-18 season at penguinspassport.com through offers from the team's sponsorship partners. Then, 20 individual winners will be selected throughout the season, whittled down to five chosen at random to attend the Penguins' April 6 game against the Ottawa Senators…
  • Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:09:44 +0000

    Kraft sells former Oscar Mayer headquarters site

    Kraft Heinz has finalized an agreement with Reich Brothers Holdings to sell the former Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison, Wisc. On Oct. 11, Reich Brothers first announced the deal with Kraft Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC), which was completed earlier this week, according to a news release. The former headquarters was a processing plant that opened in 1919. The hot dog and cold cuts company was based at the site for almost 100 years. Production ended in June as part of the corporate restructuring that followed…
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